A bitter, rich aperitivo liqueur from California’s St George distillery.
Created to be an American alternative to other ‘bitter’ digestifs and mixers, it’s very moreish just mixed with soda but often found in cocktails like the negroni, boulevardier, Americano and spritzes.
Citrus is the dominant factor among the bitterness, and although the recipe is not disclosed we know the bitterness comes largely from gentian root, the citrus from Seville oranges and the forest-y woody note from balsam fir and Californian buckthorn bark.
The rich, blood-red colour coms from cochineal.
St George Spirits was founded in California in 1982 by Jorg Rupf, initially to distil fruit brandies. At the time it was the first ‘small’ distillery since prohibition. As one of American’s first, and certainly a pioneer of, ‘craft’ distilleries their product range expanded in the following three decades to include, gin, whisky, absinthe, agave spirit, rum, vodka, liquors and more.
- St George Spirits